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Iowa now has 105 cases of COVID-19, according to Governor Kim Reynolds.  At an afternoon press conference today, Reynolds continued to ask for non-essential workers to stay home and only leave the house for necessities.  She also talked about some new efforts to help Iowa small businesses. The governor announced an unemployment insurance tax extension to assist small businesses

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Iowa's unemployment rate remained at 2.5% in August.

Iowa Workforce Development reported today that the rate didn't change from the previous month as the number of unemployed people and the number of residents with jobs both increased.

Iowa is tied for the nation's third-lowest unemployment rate, behind Vermont and North Dakota. Iowa's rate ties with the rate in New Hampshire.

The national unemployment rate for August was 3.7%.

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South Sioux City police officer Brian Van Berkum will face no criminal charges for his actions during a fatal May shootout.  A grand jury has ruled today that no charges will be filed, according to the Sioux City Journal.

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The Trump administration has reached agreements with Canada and Mexico to lift tariffs on metals imported from those countries, resolving a yearlong standoff that inflamed North Atlantic tensions and complicated efforts to ratify a revised trade deal.